The city of London in England has a good number of football clubs but amongst the reputable ones is unarguably the pride of London, Chelsea Football Club.
Chelsea Football Club is an English professional football club located in Fulham, London. The club competes in the highly competitive Premier League which is the highest division of English football and one of the best leagues in the world of football. It’s arguably the most popular football league in the world.
Chelsea FC was founded on March 10, 1905, at the Rising Sub Pub which is now known as the Butcher’s Hook, located opposite the present main ground’s entrance on Fulham road. It took a short while before the club was then elected to the Football League.
The club subsequently won promotion to the First Division in their second season, after which they experienced a series of demotions and promotions between the two divisions in their early years.
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It must be noted that Ted Drake, a former Arsenal and England center-forward was behind the modernization of the club. Ted Drake was behind the removal of the club’s pensioner crest and played a significant role in the improvement of the youth set-up and training regime at the club.
Ted Drake rebuilt Chelsea FC and made shrewd signings from the amateur and lower league divisions which saw Chslea land their first major trophy which was the League Championship in the 1954-55 football season.
The club emerged from there and have seen a series of ups and down before the relatively modern acquisition by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. His introduction into the scene as the owner of the club launched Chelsea into a new era of success and stability.
Chelsea FC have won 6 top division titles, 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 4 Community Shields, 2 UEFA Europa Leagues, 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, 2 Full Members’ Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup and the 1 UEFA Champions League which eluded the club for years.
Stamford Bridge has been the club’s home ground since it was founded in 1905. After the club’s first ever trophy success in 1955, no worthwhile success was enjoyed at the club until 2003 when Abramovich came along.
The Russian billionaire invested heavily in the acquisition of high profile players and appointment of high profile managers, most notably, Jose Mourinho. The Blues have gone on to win 18 major honors under Roman Abramovich.
The Portuguese, Jose Mourinho, is Chelsea’s most successful manager in terms of major honors won. His exploits brought the club to limelight and increased their popularity. His Chelsea team set an English record of most points won within 2004 and 2005.
Chelsea’s traditional playing attire has been the royal blue kit with white socks. The club’s crest is a ceremonial lion rampant regardant holding a staff. The Blues’ local rivals are Arsenal, Fulham, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea carved a niche for themselves as the 7th most valuable club in the world in the 6th most valuable club in the world in the 2018/19 season, one step up from 7th in the previous season. The club is worth €2.227bn based on a report from the BBC.
Chelsea FC also have an image as unarguably the most ruthless club in England when it comes to hiring and firing managers.
A lot of managers have come and gone under Roman Abramovich namely; Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Felipe Scolari, Avram Grant, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Rafa Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo (won the Champions League for Chelsea), Antonio Conte, and most recently Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea FC’s current highest goalscorer is Englishman Frank Lampard with 211 goals. He is being widely reported as the favorite to take over the role of manager after the departure of Maurizio Sarri. He took over the record from Bobby Tambling on 11 May 2013. Bobby Tambling held the record for a whopping 47 years with 202 goals.